I had just gotten home and let Bear out to romp Wednesday afternoon when he found a big grasshopper to torment.
He was so cute with his paw pounciness as the hopper repeatedly crept away only to be pulled back to where Bear could snuffle him.
"This Lab cuteness must be digitized and immortalized " I thought as I reached for my ever present camera.
About then, Bear let the hopper go and zipped around to the back side of the house. From the backyard I could hear a cacophony of cackles and crowing as he scattered the yard flock of banty chickens.
I could picture them flying high up into the live oaks and wild grape vines to look down and crow at Bear as he sniffed frantically below.
Once the roosters are out of his reach, they crow triumphantly as if they are "all that" for having eluded a nonflying canine.
Knowing that the chickens were due for their feeding, I walked in their general direction only to meet Bear herding the evil rooster Vader toward the porch.
Bear wasn't putting forth great effort, just cutting Vader off when he tried to get back to the flock.
It was perversely amusing seeing Vader all flustered (if you knew this evil back stabber, you'd enjoy his torment too). He's a bad bird.
I switched the camera to video, thinking you folks might get a kick out of watching Bear's antics .I was fully expecting Vader to fly up into the trees like he usually does.
Just as I swung the camera up, Bear lunged and grabbed Vader and took off!
I gave chase while filming (don't you love shaky action videos?) and soon we were up on the porch where a very determined Bear was gently, but very firmly clamping down on a very nervous Vader.
One of the commands Bear learned in Petsmart obedience school was "Leave It". That one is used to discourage the dog when he picks up something he's not supposed to have ... um, let's say something like a live rooster.
Definitely not supposed to have that.
"Leave it" wasn't going to work without a little physicality though ... Bear was really proud to have a rooster between his jaws. So I stuck my hand in there to pry a little as I gave the command.
This seemed to work and reluctantly, Bear dropped Vader, who immediately sprang up and ran off the porch.
No harm done ... except to Vader's ego.
You can watch the chase and subsequent release on this short 35 second video if you like.
Have a great Friday!
We will be battling rival Trenton in football tonight and unfortunately Junior is suffering from the same sore throat/runny nose cold I had about a week ago.
It could be a long day for him.
Tomorrow, I will head over to St. Auggie to tow the Escape back for a second opinion at our local Ford dealer. You probably have been worried sick not knowing what the Escape diagnosis was ... well, try $3400 worth of new tranny work.
So, I'm bringing the patient home for another looksee by our local experts.
Hope springs eternal.
One side note: If you are in the Gainesville area, the Williston Peanut Festival is tomorrow.
Free PB&J's as long as they last, plus a whole bunch of other cool peanutty stuff.